Category Archives: KRudd

June 24

Read the writing on the wall, Kevin

There can be no argument that one needs uncommon self-belief and determination to become Prime Minister. Neither Bob Hawke nor Paul Keating could be classified as shy, retiring types. And while John Howard was much less ebullient than either of his immediate predecessors, his dogged determination and persistence could make an ultra-marathon runner look lazy. […]

June 12

Rudd no saviour for Labor

There is an elephant in Australia’s living rooms and it takes the form of deposed Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd; the leader who was toppled by his deputy, Julia Gillard, who knifed him to become Australia’s first female PM. With opinion polls showing the Australian Labor Party in for a bloodbath at the election due in […]

Real leadership

If anyone outside Australia takes any notice of our national politics, they’d be wondering by now how the hell this country manages to keep going. Most of us who live here are wondering the same thing. Our federal government for the past five years or so has been . . . well, I’d say a […]

Labor straddles a fatal faultline

Australia’s national government has a century-old tradition of representing the labour movement: the trades unions that gave the ‘working man’ some power to withstand the might of the capitalist bosses. The Australian Labor Party has left an indelible imprint on the fabric of our society yet it today teeters on the brink of demise. How […]

Tony Abbott, you’re a goose!

How dumb do you have to be to let Julia Gillard beat you? Well, deposed prime minister Kevin Rudd is still smarting over that issue and for the life of him cannot work out how things went so badly wrong. At the last election, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott reckoned he had her on toast but […]

Security Council bid exposes insecurity

So, Australia has won a seat on the United Nations’ Security Council. How many of us feel like dancing in the streets to celebrate this rare stroke of good fortune? Hmm . . .  Not many of us felt the earth move, did we? To hear many commentators tell this story, though, you would think […]

A footnote to history

Electing a government at any level is an act of trust by voters. The bedrock of this act of faith is that the administration will implement good governance for the benefit of the public. How indebted are we then to The Australian’s Paul Maley who  today exclusively revealed that Prime Minister Julia Gillard has imposed […]

Fabians’ folly

You have to wonder at the Labor Party’s cult-like approach to its disparate membership. It matters not how ‘out there’ you might be so long as you are inside the tent. If you are an outsider, you are automatically persona non grata. And if you have committed the most grievous crime of all – leaving […]

Stirring the possum, episode 1: The keys to the kingdom

What a remarkable lesson in civics we have had thrust upon us in recent days as Australian democracy received a sudden and sensational make-over. All the more remarkable that we, the voters, were not asked to play any role whatsoever in the making of Australia’s newest Prime Minister. How’s that for reinforcing our inalienable democratic […]

Stirring the Possum: The Keys to the Kingdom

What a remarkable lesson in civics we have had thrust upon us in recent days as Australian democracy received a sudden and sensational make-over. All the more remarkable that we, the voters, were not asked to play any role whatsoever in the making of Australia’s newest Prime Minister. How’s that for reinforcing our inalienable democratic […]